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“May All Things Dissolve in the Ocean of Bliss” is Aya Takano’s first major solo exhibition with Kaikai Kiki Gallery (Takashi Murakami’s art space in Tokyo) in eight years. Her show’s titular piece, and largest extending over 3 panels, encompasses her thoughts on all things coexisting in a single world. What she portrays here includes everything that is disastrous, cruel and wonderful simultaneously dissolving into a single state of bliss. Aya Takano spoke with Hi-Fructose in this rare interview about her new work and future dreams as an artist. Read our conversation after the jump.
If the current population vanished, what would future explorers uncover about us when left only with our material belongings to decipher? This is a question posed by the upcoming group show “Archelogies” at Griffin Gallery curated by The Contemporary London, featuring Vasilis Avramidis (HF Vol. 26), Jess Littlewood, Reginald Aloysius and Suzanne Moxhay. The four artists in the show, though working in different media, create deserted environments marked by an eerie absence of inhabitants.
Brooklyn’s Cotton Candy Machine is currently exhibiting three artists whose work explodes with hyperactivity: New York-based Dima Drjuchin, and Ciou and MalOjo, both hailing from Tolouse, France. The three artists reference different illustration styles in their work to create busy compositions that overflow with characters and patterns. Read more after the jump.
Philadelphia’s Arch Enemy Arts has assembled a slew of artists with a penchant for mysticism as part of their “Equinox” exhibition this month. Throughout history, the Equinox has held heavy mythological and supernatural connotations. It is an event in which day and night have equal length and the idea of that balance between the two is explored throughout the show. The exhibition shines a special spotlight on the mesmerizingly colorful paintings of surrealist Hannah Yata, and the impressively detailed anatomical pieces by Michael Reedy (featured in HF Vol. 27). Also featured are new works from Jessica Dalva, Scott Kirschner, Archer Dougherty and Jel Ena.
Known for his multi-story portraiture, Australian street artist Rone will debut his first UK solo show at StolenSpace in London this Friday, April 11. Rone’s work primarily focuses on contemplative, solitary women. Though reminiscent of the longing lovers of classic cinema, his characters skip the campy, dramatized poses and express something much more subtle and melancholic. For his solo show, “Wallflower,” the artist took inspiration from the way his murals naturally decay when exposed to the elements. His portraits are layered over collages and found materials that add a gritty element that evokes the street without directly referencing it. In the project room, Charlie Anderson’s solo show “Frequent Moderate Violence” complements Rone’s work with its use of collage, though Anderson opts for pulpy imagery and a rock ‘n’ roll freneticism that differs greatly from the idealized sense of sadness in Rone’s work.
Currently on view at Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA, “6 x 6: Group Show” is a veritable smorgasbord of emerging talent. Coinciding with the gallery’s 6th anniversary, the exhibition features over 100 artists — many of whom are brand new to the New Contemporary gallery scene — and gives a sampling of their different styles in a bite-sized format. Some of the names on the roster will be familiar to our readers, such as Ryan de la Hoz with his black-and-white collages, JoKa with his pointillistic tooth pick paintings and Ki Sung Koh, a purveyor of surreal animal portraits. With the size of the work as the common denominator, the show varies greatly in style. Take a look at some highlights from “6 x 6″ below and catch the exhibition at Phone Booth through April 30.